Instructional Coach Weekly Update

Week of September 20-23

Strategy Spotlight- Teacher Efficacy

Teacher Efficacy:

From training with Steve Venture, "From Outdated to Outstanding: Retooling Your Professional Learning Communities" he listed the following characteristics of teachers with a strong sense of efficacy:

  • Tend to exhibit greater levels of planning, organization and collaboration
  • Are more open to new ideas and are more willing to experiment with new methods to better meet the needs of their students
  • Are more persistent and resilient when things do not go smoothly
  • Are less critical of students when they make errors
  • Are less inclined to refer a difficult student to special education.

Collective Efficacy:

"When teachers believe that together, they and their colleagues can impact student achievement, they share a sense of collective efficacy. Collective efficacy refers to “the judgments of teachers in a school that the faculty as a whole can organize and execute the courses of action required to have a positive effect on students” (Goddard, Hoy, & Woolfolk Hoy, 2004, p.4).

Collective efficacy is high when teachers believe that the staff is capable of helping students master complex content, fostering students’ creativity, and getting students to believe they can do well in school. When efficacy is high, educators show greater persistence and are more likely to try new teaching approaches. Educators with high efficacy encourage student autonomy, attend more closely to the needs of students who are not progressing well, and are able to modify students’ perceptions of their academic abilities (Ross & Bruce, 2007).

Bandura (1993) demonstrated that the effect of perceived collective efficacy on student achievement was stronger than the link between socio-economic status and student achievement. More recently, Hattie ranked collective teacher efficacy as the number one factor amongst all of the influences that impact student achievement (personal communication, November 19th, 2015). Eells (2011) meta-analysis demonstrated that collective efficacy and student achievement were strongly related with an effect size of 1.57 (more than double the effect size of feedback)."

Article: Collective Efficacy: Together We Can Make a Difference

SGR Books - What Book Should My Students Read Next?

I have gone through the leveled library and put a sticky note on any of the books that are currently being used and any books that teachers told me they plan on using this year during SGR. This allowed me to see which books no one has picked to use this year for Small Group Reading. I've complied a list of these unused books on the third tab (at the bottom) of the "Intermediate IRAs/SGR Books" google doc. The tab lists any book that so far no teacher in the building plans to use and that has 9 or more copies available. I'm hoping this list helps teachers who are trying to plan out their SGR books for the rest of the school year and hopefully some of these really good titles get used during SGR this year!

If there's a book you plan on using this year you can put a sticky note on it (I've left the sticky notes in the leveled library room by the clipboard). A sticky note on a book doesn't mean you can't use that book, but I think we want to stay away from multiple grade levels using the same book as much as possible.

PS - there are several series in the leveled library that I didn't list on this google doc that also have many unclaimed titles. The series not included on the list:

  • 39 Clues books
  • A to Z Mystery books
  • American Girl Doll books
  • Box Car books
  • Magic Tree House books

This Week


  • PD day


  • Working on standards books
  • Modeling an intervention
  • Getting interventions set up on FAST
  • 3rd grade team planning
  • Check in with teachers


  • Working on standards books
  • Modeling an intervention
  • Meeting with Jennifer Burkhart
  • Check in with teachers


  • Working on standards books
  • Modeling an intervention
  • Check in with teachers
  • 4th grade team planning


  • Special Ed. meeting before school
  • Working on standards books
  • Check in with teachers
  • IC weekly meeting (Friday afternoon)